Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

United States


Lani Yamanaka is a San Diego native. She grew up training and competing in both Dance and Judo and graduated from University of California, Irvine with BFAs in Dance Performance and Choreography. At UCI she worked closely with the late Donald McKayle, as a proud member of his Etude Ensemble. She was featured in his work Even As The River And The Sea Are One, and holds her time working with him close to her heart. Lani is signed with Go 2 Talent Agency. She has danced professionally touring the US and internationally with Akram Khan Company, ODC/Dance, and Entity Contemporary Dance. Under ODC she also had the pleasure of working with Kate Weare Company of New York. Lani was Ensemble in PEARL, a multimedia production based on the life and contributions of Pearl S. Buck, directed and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow and premiered at Lincoln Center. She was Dance Captain and Ensemble in Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, a kung fu musical co-conceived by Chen Shi-Zheng and Kung Fu Panda writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger with dance choreography by Akram Khan, martial arts choreography by Zhang Jun, and songs by Sia.



Film Col 1 Film Col 2 Film Col 3
The Canterville GhostGhostGordon Getty Opera
Usher HouseGhost / DancerGordon Getty Opera
Unseen DancesDancerThe Hidden Tears Project
Choreography Col 1 Choreography Col 2 Choreography Col 3
UC Irvine Dance ConcertsClaire Trevor School of the Arts
Dance Col 1 Dance Col 2 Dance Col 3
Father: Vision of the Floating WorldLead Dance ArtistAkram Khan Company
Dragon Spring Phoenix RiseDance Captain / EnsembleThe Shed NYC
Jacobs Pillow Dance FestivalDancerODC/Dance
ODC/DanceCompany DancerKT Nelson, Brenda Way, Kate Weare
PEELDancerEntity Contemporary Dance
Ace Awards Left AloneDancerKaren Chuang, Diana Schoenfield
GRIDDancerShaun Boyle and Artists
CompositeDancerShaun Boyle and Artists
PearlDancerDaniel Ezralow
Braxon Vs. OregonDancerEntity Contemporary Dance
Entity Contemporary DanceCompany DancerWill Johnston, Marissa Osato
Teaching Col 1 Teaching Col 2 Teaching Col 3
Dance BreakContemporary2020
Akram Khan Facebook LiveWorkouts2020
AKC Dhaka Training ProgramDance Education2020
Maple Conservatory of DanceContemporary2019-2020
Focus Dance CenterContemporary, Ballet Substitute2019
Ayako's School of BalletContemporary2018
ODC/Dance WorkshopsRepertory2017-2018
Entity Winter IntensiveContemporary2016
Snowglobe PerspectiveGuest Hip Hop Instructor2016
Edge Performing Arts CenterEntity Company Class2016
Endeavor School of the ArtsBallet2016
Cal EliteContemporary / Choreographer2011-2016
Studio 808 Dance ProjectContemporary Master Class2013
Carlsbad Dance CentreContemporary / Master Classes2011, 2018
Training Col 1 Training Col 2 Training Col 3
UC Irvine Bachelors of Fine Arts
Hubbard Street Immersion Workshop
BodyTraffic Winter Workshop
Hubbard Street Summer Intensive
San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Workshop
Unity 2 Dance Ensemble
San Shi Judo Dojo
Zhang Jun: Bagua, Baguazhang
Skills Col 1 Skills Col 2 Skills Col 3
Aerial Harness
Martial Arts
Stage Combat
CA Driver's License


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5' 3"